Gardam Prince Wins Launceston Cup

On Monday night Gardam Prince claimed victory in the $40 000 to-the-winner Group 2 Launceston Cup (515m) giving the brilliant Victorian chaser his second Group victory in Tasmania and the third of his dazzling career.

Starting as the pre-race favourite, the Darren McDonald-trained Gardam Prince ($2.80) had a sensational run from box seven and beat home second elect Pedro Pronto ($2.90) by two lengths with youngster Sultan’s Swing ($15) a further three quarters of a length back in third.

Gardam Prince had found the lead by the first turn as the son of Black Enforcer impressed the crowds with his usual early speed and skill and maintained the front position in a stunning all-the-way win.

“He has a great first section if he gets a clear run and that’s what happened tonight, I don’t think he flew the boxes but he came out well enough,” said McDonald.

The final few metres were a thrilling duel between the top two finishers, as the local hero Pedro Pronto fought strongly but couldn’t match the brilliance of Gardam Prince, who had only raced twice before at the track.

“This win certainly justifies my faith in this dog,” McDonald said after the race.

Gardam Prince previously took out the Group 3 Devonport Cup last month in Tasmania, and his other Group victory was in the Shepparton Cup in 2009.  He now boasts an incredible winning strike rate of 71% and following Monday night’s victory has now won 32 of his 44 career starts.

McDonald will next run Gardam Prince in the Horsham Cup on March 4 & 7.

2010 Launceston Cup Results:

Position

Greyhound

Trainer

Margin

1
GARDAM PRINCE
D M McDonald
2
PEDRO PRONTO
R R Grubb 2.00
3
SULTAN’S SWING
D M Cannan 2.75
4
FISHERMAN
R M Sutcliffe 8.00
5
UNO KEYSEY
L M Howard 8.10
6
BIG ZUES
B Deverell 11.60
7
TRILOGY MISSION
D M Goodluck 13.60
8
WHERE’S FLY
T W Murray 20.60